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Country legend Vince Gill brings a marathon of music to Las Vegas

Vince Gill is known for long concerts during which he performs for hours

Country singer Vince Gill hasn’t looked back since his breakthrough album “When I Call Your Name” came out in 1989. The song with the same name won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award, and since then, Gill has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times — making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history.

Gill, dubbed the Bruce Springsteen of country music because his sets last for hours, plays the Pearl at the Palms on Friday, Aug. 28.

As one of the most popular and most-recorded singers of the past quarter-century, Gill has been called “the measure of excellence in country music” by his colleagues. Gill combines vocal performances, powerful songwriting and expert picking on the guitar.

His story in country music starts with the country rock band Pure Prairie League, which debuted their album “Can’t Hold Back” in 1979. Gill sang the lead vocals for “Let Me Love You Tonight,” spurring Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits to invite him to join the band, an offer Gill declined.

As a solo artist, Gill released his debut mini-album “Turn Me Loose,” which featured his first hit, “Victim of Life’s Circumstance.” Two top 10 hits came off his first full album “The Things That Matter” — a duet with Rosanne Cash on “If It Weren’t For Him” and a solo hit with “Oklahoma Borderline.”

His biggest songs include “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “Whenever You Come Around” and “I Still Believe in You.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 1, and start at $50.

Tickets: Pearl Box Office, (702) 944-3200

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